Sew-on patches and iron-on patches have been a fashion statement and form of expression for generations now. They signify a lot of things about one’s personality, interests or beliefs, and of course making your own clothes is a fun hobby! Here are the best websites to order iron-on and sew-on patches from when you can’t find any in stores (or if you can its a craft store, and they’re cheesy and generic).
Wish is a shopaholic on a budget’s dream-come-true. You must download and purchase in-app from Wish if you’re on a mobile device, but you’ll have so much fun scrolling through the endless cute products they have.
Wish has a great deals-amazing deals actually-on products that are practically free, and usually pretty good. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and sometimes you get lucky and get something actually pretty nice. Especially with patches and pins, which Wish has in spades, and a variety from band logos, to cartoon characters, to cute, funny off-beat political-feminist statements like cow giving the middle finger and saying “leave my tits alone.”
The only downside to Wish is having to wait forever, or like 2-4 weeks for you order to arrive. But for $1 that’s a steal. Plus their patches are super sassy, like the one below.
Many crafters and creators sell their art on Etsy, where you can find tons and tons of patches. Because these patches are often not being made in a factory, and they’re handmade by sole individuals the quality, craftsmanship and design are pretty spectacular. Most creators have what you’re looking for.
Pretty much all of my beloved horror movie iron-on and sew-on patches have come from Etsy and I’ve found several small shops worth supporting, whose work I adore through this platform. The only major downside I really see to shopping on Etsy are the exponential shipping costs. I’m sympathetic but $8 for a patch and $8 for shipping? Really?
But seriously this Vegan Things patch by VeganPowerCo on Etsy is adorable and a NEED!
Depop is another app that is basically the online second-hand store (you know, after eBay). But you can score some great deals through Depop, and it’s really easy use. Because this a second-hand store and people are selling their unwanted stuff you won’t always find what you’re looking for, but every so often you’ll stumble upon something you didn’t know you needed and that saying “one’s man trash is another man’s treasure”, couldn’t be truer.
This Betty Boop patch sold by bellazhang is so cute!
Like Depop, eBay consists of searching and scrolling until you find what it is you hope to find. But they have been known to sell some cool patches, enamel pins, t-shirts and other fun stuff, especially if you’re looking for band merch.
5. Too Fast
Too Fast has some cute, spooky sew-on patches, so if that’s the aesthetic you’re going for look no further! All their designs seem to be screen printed on black canvas, and sew on nicely with a machine or by hand, for whatever your project is. They have black cats, skeleton hands, tombstones and bats for all you basic witches out there.
6. Strange Ways
Strange Ways works directly with artists and designers to bring their customers unique statement pieces, usually in the form of patches and pins. They offer clothing and other accessories but focus mainly on smaller pieces that can be added into your wardrobe, like sew-on or iron-patches. These designs are said to be one-of-kind, and many of them have a tattoo look to their design and colors.
The patch below is a truly unique design, that can only be found on Strange Ways website (or in their store), and any purchases you make from them help support independent artists.
7. Hot Topic
This chain once use to cater to all the weirdos out there, but is pretty mainstream in its products now:all about pop culture and Disney and such. But Hot Topic still has a pretty decent patch selection, although this seems fairly new as I don’t recall them having these 10 years ago.
Nonetheless they offer patches that are exactly what you’d expect from Hot Topic: Disney, super heroes, sarcastic and witty millennial humor like “everything sucks” or “you’re the worst” or “in memory of when I cared”, showcased in bright colors and rainbows for that extra bit of irony. Oh and gay pride patches too of course.